Championship Preview: Soccer Takes on Memphis Friday

Oct. 30, 2013

Logo No. 10 Houston
(1-11-3, 0-9)

Louisville, Ky.

No. 7 Memphis
(11-7, 4-5)

All-Time: Houston will meet Memphis for the 17th time and second time this season.
Series History: Lady Tigers own an 8-7-1 mark over the Cougars.
Last Meeting: Memphis 4, Houston 1 - Oct. 13, 2013 at Memphis

HOUSTON — Houston Soccer will begin a new stretch of its 2013 slate when it opens American Athletic Conference Championship play Friday at 6 p.m. CT vs. Memphis in the First Round of the tournament on the Louisville campus.

“There are three parts to the season; non-conference, conference and conference tournament,” head coach Chris Pfau said. “Conference tournament play is a great time of year and to have a chance to be in this situation two straight years is very exciting. Memphis is coming off a great weekend when it beat Temple 3-0 and UConn 5-1. They are a very dynamic, well-coached team and our work is cut out for us. We know in tournament situations it just takes one win and anything can happen.”

Houston will play as the No. 10 seed after finishing the league schedule with a 0-9 mark, while Memphis will play as the No. 7 seed with a 4-5 mark.

The American Athletic Conference bracket is set based on seedings with the bottom four seeds (No. 10 Houston, No. 9 Temple, No. 8 SMU, No. 7 Memphis) meeting in the First Round on Friday at the top two-seeded schools in No. 1 UCF and No. 2 Louisville.

The winner of the Houston-Memphis game will advance to the Quarterfinal Round to face No. 2 Louisville on Sunday, Nov. 3 at 3:30 p.m. CT in Kentucky. The loser will be eliminated from postseason play.  

Houston saw its best offensive performance last Sunday in its home finale when three Cougars notched goals despite falling to USF, 6-3. The Cougars will open Championship play with a 1-11-3 overall record and a 0-9 mark in league play. Houston has notched 10 goals this season, led by junior Alexis Weaver’s three. Senior Jasmine Martinez follows with five points on one goal and a team-leading three assists with junior Kayla Walker and Cook each with four points.

Koski has racked up 90 saves this season in 11 games played and 912 minutes in goal. She holds 1.98 goals against average and a .818 save percentage with two shutouts. She enters Friday’s game just six saves shy of breaking the all-time Houston save record, while George has 36 saves in seven games and 516 minutes played this season.

Memphis enters Championship play on Friday as the No. 7 seed in the tournament after finishing the year with an 11-7-0 overall record and a 4-5-0 mark in league play. The Lady Tigers are coming off two conference wins to wrap up the regular season and have notched 43 goals as a team.

Leading the way offensively is Christabel Oduro with 29 points thanks to 11 goals and seven assists, while Valerie Sanderson follows with 28 points on a team-best 13 goals and two assists.

Keeper Maryse Bard-Martel has played 1,600 minutes in goal, collecting 70 saves for a .729 percentage. She holds an 11-7 record with five shutouts during 2013.

The Cougars and Tigers last met on Oct. 13 in Memphis with the Tigers earning a 4-1 win over Houston. The Cougars’ lone goal was scored by sophomore Lauren Hodgdon, assisted by senior Kylie Cook. Senior keepers Cami Koski and Sydney George combined for 11 saves with five and six, respectively.

Houston and Memphis will meet for the 17th time in program history and second time this season on Friday. The Lady Tigers own the slight edge over the Cougars at 8-7-1 since the series began back in 1998.

For more information on tickets, bracket, or standings, visit Championship Central.

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